Everyone’s been an employee. At some point, usually from a relatively young age, we all work for someone else’s business. Whether it’s as a paperboy, a shop assistant, or a fast-food restaurant worker, everyone’s had their first job – or many jobs – working for someone else.
When you become an employer and open your own business, it’s extremely different. Not only is all the pressure on you to make the business successful, but you’re suddenly responsible for other people. There’s a lot to think about! Read on for tips on starting your business and making it a respectful and nice place to work.
Becoming an Employer
As mentioned, becoming an employer of other people brings all-new challenges. You have to make sure they are paid fairly, make sure they do their job right and make sure they are comfortable at work. No one likes working for a boss who doesn’t seem to care about how their employees feel.
So, if you’re opening your own business, it’s vitally important that you make it a great place to work. You might not realize this at first, but it should definitely be at the top of your list. Not only will it make people work harder, but it will also make them feel far more comfortable, creating a great workplace and environment.
Seek Personal Training
One thing you can do quickly and by yourself is to seek personal training. For example, if it’s your first time managing a group of people, you may seek management training and include diversity learning modules to ensure you understand – and promote – equality and diversity within your workforce. These are the kinds of areas where new business owners often slip up.
E-learning and workshops are a great way to get some training for yourself. Whether it’s about managing people’s time and money properly or learning how to deal with conflicts, these things will undoubtedly help. So, before you start managing others, start to work on yourself!
Promote A Healthy Culture
Once you have started to learn the benefits of equality, diversity, and good management, you can begin promoting a healthy culture in your workplace. Talk to your staff openly, whilst always keeping your door open for communication. If your staff have issues or worries, you should always be open to hearing them and helping them work through them. Once again, this will help everyone feel comfortable in their job – and comfortable working for you. If you see any signs of negativity, discrimination, or other workplace issues, be sure to help work them out ASAP – with expert help, should you need it.
Regularly Train Staff
Alongside training for yourself, you should encourage your staff to participate in similar training programs. Your staff can learn in group sessions, guided by yourself or an external training partner. Alternatively, you could encourage your team to undertake other e-learning courses. If everyone is taught the value of openness, a healthy workplace, and inclusivity, you’ll find everyone working together much better.
Understand People’s Needs
One thing you can do as a boss is to try to understand everyone’s needs. Every single person has different desires, worries, qualities, and needs. Some will be obvious – for example, a parent of a young baby may request shorter hours to help manage their childcare. Others won’t be so easy to see.
What’s important here is that your staff know that you are open to having discussions about their needs – no matter what they are. If someone needs time off for healthcare, mental health, or any other reason, they should feel comfortable talking to you about it. If they want to gain a promotion and require some help and training, you should be there to encourage them. This kind of healthy respectful environment will allow you to have excellent staff.
Offer Proper Benefits
This is one more for your staff’s wellbeing, but important nonetheless. You should offer a benefits program that makes your staff feel wanted and respected by you. Good pay is, of course, essential. However, there are myriad other benefits you could offer to promote happy staff. For example, a well-matched pension program is often widely wanted by staff. Other fun benefits like discounts, group trips, phone bills, and tax-reduced purchase schemes are all well received.
If you blend training and understanding with communication and great benefits, you’ll promote a happy, healthy, and respectful environment in your office. These things are crucial if you want to have a well-rounded and productive team in your business. Start right away and you’ll then encounter no issues as your business grows and changes over time.